Voices of Light
Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm 9:30pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
"Carl Dreyer’s stark and stunning 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, appears on every major film critic’s list of the greatest movies ever made — and it looks even better on a really big screen. In 1994, American composer Richard Einhorn created a vibrant score for the film that is both unmistakably contemporary but grounded in early music elements. Portland Youth Philharmonic’s skilled chamber orchestra, Camerata PYP, joins some of Portland’s finest singers, including the superb female vocal ensemble In Mulieribus, three award-winning Portland State University ensembles and a quartet of other local vocal stars. Together, they will perform Einhorn’s oratorio with the Northwest Film Center’s screening of the beautifully restored film." –Oregon Arts Watch
Savor the power and beauty of Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an imaginative musical accompaniment to Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Screening in partnership with Northwest Film Center as part of their 34th Reel Music Festival.
Voices of Light will showcase the combined talents of Camerata PYP, In Mulieribus seven-voice female ensemble, and three Portland State University ensembles— Portland State Chamber Choir, Vox Femina and Man Choir—as well as celebrated vocal soloists Catherine van der Salm, Hannah Penn, Brian Tierney and Anton Belov.
All Classical Portland is the official media sponsor.
This unforgettable film, on any list of cinema’s best, transcends its era and breathes life into ever-urgent questions of gender, religious devotion and persecution. Einhorn’s brilliant composition underlines and amplifies the drama of Dreyer’s classic.